In November 2020, the CEELI Institute launched a new Spotlight Series of Webinars on the topic: ‘Judiciaries in Peril in Central & Eastern Europe.’ The series will shine a spotlight on pressing issues challenging the judiciary in key countries of the region, including Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Montenegro, and Hungary. Each session will explore the challenges faced in a particular country that undermine and imperil that nation’s judiciary.
- What are the circumstances underlying attacks on the judiciary?
- How do these threaten judicial independence?
- What are the latest trends relating to judicial independence?
- Are there any solutions or remedies?
Judiciary in Peril: Poland Case Study
Tuesday 1 December 2020, 6pm CEST (60 minutes)
This second webinar session spotlights the judiciary in Poland and outlines the peril it faces. The conversation will be led by Krystian Markiewicz, President of Iustitia; Michał Wawrykiewicz, Wolne Sądy; and Magdalena Szuleka, Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowiek.
Bulgaria Case Study, Tuesday 17 November 2020
Our first session shines a spotlight on the judiciary in Bulgaria, outlining how that judiciary is in peril and the particular challenges facing it. The conversation was led by Judge Kalin Kalpakchiev, Head of the Bulgarian Judges Association, and Bilyana Wegertseder, Director of Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives (BILI Foundation).
Central & Eastern European Judicial Exchange Network
The CEELI Institute’s Central and Eastern European Judicial Network, now in its eighth year, is comprised of some of the best and brightest rising judges from eighteen countries who gather regularly to share best practices on issues of judicial independence, integrity, accountability, and court management. As international in-person meetings are likely to be limited for some time to come, the Spotlight Series ensures that the Network can continue to meet its mandate to promote judicial independence, and improve judicial integrity and court efficiency in Central and Eastern Europe, despite the global lockdowns resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.